Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ferrie's Drive Puts Glory in His Sights

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ferrie's Drive Puts Glory in His Sights

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Kenneth Ferrie soared up the Open Championship leaderboard and into contention at Troon with a superb opening 68.

His three-under-par 68 left him just two shots off the lead, and the Ashington 25-year-old genuinely believes he is with a chance of winning this week.

He was even able to dismiss a spat on the first hole with someone using a mobile phone to go on and play some solid golf and hole some superlative putts.

It was a competent and patient performance. So different from last year at Sandwich where the former Spanish Open champion failed to make the cut.

"I may have nicked a couple there on the back nine, but I do feel I have come into the tournament with a little bit of form," said Ferrie. "I shot a couple of good rounds in Ireland with a 66 in the third round. Then I had three good rounds last week and was only let down by a bad third round.

"While I wouldn't say I expected to shoot the 68, that is the goal you have to set yourself. It's no good going out there aiming to be one or two over par and being happy with that.

"I've also missed three or four puts from eight feet for birdie as well although I did hole a long one at the third and I did hole out well for a couple of good pars.

"I'm putting nicely on the greens, which I like, and I have confidence in my putting stroke which means you know you can get up and down when you miss a green and takes the pressure off your game."

So is he thinking more about winning than just making the cut?

"Why not? You do play in the first two or three rounds and then re-assess," he added.

"I don't think there are many guys who would come into this event thinking, `right I'm going to win it' ( I wouldn't.

"I've come here trying to play two or three good rounds of golf and then come Sunday if things have gone well, I'll sit down and re-assess and if I'm within a couple of shots you have to think why not? Someone has to win and it might as well be me."

Ferrie's session with coach John Harrison, the Matfen Hall pro, a few weeks ago was all about re-assessing what Ferrie was doing and giving him a different outlook. …

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